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Peter Dinklage –

Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

About Peter Dinklage (1969 – )

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of John Carl Dinklage, a retired insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher. He was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. He grew up in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and is of German, English, and Irish descent.

Dinklage got his first taste of theatrical success in a fifth grade production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Playing the lead, he was delighted by the audience's response to the show. "When you get your first solo bow, that feels pretty good," he explained to People. Dinklage graduated from Delbarton School, a Catholic prep school for boys, in 1987 where he continued to develop his acting as part of the school's drama club. He then attended Bennington College where he appeared in numerous productions before graduating in 1991.

Dinklage made his film debut in Living in Oblivion (1995) as a frustrated actor with dwarfism who complains about his clichéd roles. His breakout role was in the 2003 film The Station Agent, for which he received Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor. That same year, he appeared in the direct-to-DVD film Tiptoes. Dinklage has also starred in several Off-Broadway productions. Dinklage appeared in the 2003 film Elf, as Miles Finch, an irritable children's author who beats up Buddy Hobbs (Will Ferrell) after he is unintentionally insulted. In 2005, he starred in the short-lived CBS science fiction series Threshold and appeared as a wedding planner in the comedy film The Baxter. In 2006, Dinklage appeared in the courtroom drama Find Me Guilty and episodes of Nip/Tuck. He played himself in one episode of the HBO television series Entourage and appeared in the NBC series 30 Rock.

Dinklage appeared in the 2007 British comedy film Death at a Funeral, reprising the role in the 2010 American remake. Later in 2007, he played the villainous Simon Bar Sinister in Underdog. Dinklage played Trumpkin in the 2008 film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, although film critic Bill Gibron described his role as a "cutesy stereotype he has tried to avoid". In the summer of 2008, he played the title role in Uncle Vanya (directed by his wife, Erica Schmidt) in Bard College's annual Bard SummerScape, the Upstate New York summer stage on the Annandale-on-Hudson campus. In 2010 he appeared in the Australian movie "I Love You Too" alongside Brendan Cowell and Peter Helliar.

Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of author George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. His performance has received widespread praise, highlighted by his receiving the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, as well as the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. As a result of his performance and increased screen time, Dinklage was given top billing starting in the series' second season. In 2014, he said on The Late Show with David Letterman that he had once tried to read the books the show is based upon, but got confused. He joked, "George Martin, our author, is probably going to kill my character soon because I mentioned that."

In 2012, Dinklage voiced Captain Gutt in Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2014, he starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom and portrayed Bolivar Trask in the superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past. He also voiced Ghost in the 2014 video game Destiny, but was replaced by Nolan North in August 2015 due in part to availability issues and "Hollywood nonsense". Dinklage and writer-director Sacha Gervasi spent several years writing and producing a film based on the final days of actor Hervé Villechaize, who committed suicide shortly after his 1993 interview with Gervasi. Dinklage will star and play the title role in My Dinner with Hervé. He will also star in O Lucky Day, which is to be directed by Adam Shankman and is said to be a "leprechaun comedy". In 2015, Dinklage starred in the movie Pixels as a former arcade champion named Eddie Plant.

In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director. They have a daughter together born in 2011. The family lives in Manhattan.

Dinklage learned early on that he had a form of dwarfism, achondroplasia, which affects bone growth. As a result, he is 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m) tall, with a normal-sized head and torso but short limbs. While Dinklage has come to accept his condition, he found it challenging sometimes while growing up. In 2003, he said: "When I was younger, I definitely let it get to me. As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry, and I definitely put up these walls. But the older you get, you realize you just have to have a sense of humor. You just know that it's not your problem. It's theirs." When asked in 2012 whether he saw himself as "a spokesman for the rights of little people," Dinklage responded: "I don't know what I would say. Everyone's different. Every person my size has a different life, a different history. Different ways of dealing with it. Just because I'm seemingly okay with it, I can't preach how to be okay with it. I don't think I still am okay with it. There are days when I'm not."

Dinklage has been a vegetarian since the age of 16, he supports Farm Sanctuary and has served as the spokesperson for the organization's Walk for Farm Animals. He also narrated the video Face your Food, a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.

Peter Dinklage's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1995 Living in Oblivion Tito
1996 Bullet Building manager
1998 Safe Men Leflore
1999 Pigeonholed Roy
2001 Never Again Harry Appleton
2001 Human Nature Frank
2002 13 Moons Binky
2002 Just a Kiss Dink
2003 Elf Miles Finch
2003 The Station Agent Finbar McBride
2003 Tiptoes Maurice
2004 Surviving Eden Sterno
2004 89 Seconds at Alcázar Mari Babola
2004 Jail Bait Lindo
2005 The Baxter Benson Hedges
2005 Escape Artists Mr. Duff
2005 Lassie Rowlie
2005 Fortunes Mike Kirkwood
2006 The Limbo Room Dusty Spitz
2006 Find Me Guilty Ben Klandis
2006 Penelope Lemon
2006 Little Fugitive Sam Norton
2007 Ascension Day Brantly
2007 Death at a Funeral Peter
2007 Underdog Dr. Simon Barsinister
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trumpkin
2009 Saint John of Las Vegas Mr. Townsend
2010 Death at a Funeral Frank
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Dwarf
2010 I Love You Too Charlie
2010 Pete Smalls Is Dead K.C. Munk
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Vinnie
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Captain Gutt (voice)
2013 A Case of You Gerard
2013 Knights of Badassdom Hung
2014 Low Down Alain
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bolivar Trask
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Aaron Altmann
2015 Taxi Marc
2015 Pixels Eddy Plant
2016 The Angry Birds Movie The Mighty Eagle (voice)

Peter Dinklage's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1995 Seinfeld James's Telephone Voice
2001 Oz Murder Victim
2001 The $treet Little Person
2002 Third Watch Drug Dealer
2004 I'm with Her Elliot Rosen
2005 Life As We Know It Dr. Belber
2005 Entourage Himself
2005 Testing Bob Robinson "Bob" Hart
Threshold Arthur Ramsey
2006 Ultra
2006 Nip/Tuck Marlowe Sawyer
2009 30 Rock Stewart
Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister
2013 Saturday Night Live Peter Drunklage
2013 Sesame Street Simon
2014 Family Guy Mr. Stone (voice)

Memorable Quotes

“[on short stature] When I was younger, definitely, I let it get to me. As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry and I definitely put up these walls. But the older you get, you realize you just have to have a sense of humor. You just know that it's not your problem. It's theirs.”

“I like animals, all animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog - or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian.”

“[after winning a Golden Globe for his performance in Game of Thrones (2011)] I was talking to my mother in Jersey before I came out and she said, "Have fun but have you seen Mildred Pierce (2011)? Guy Pearce is so good. He's gonna win." So... I haven't seen "Mildred Pierce" but I'm sure he's really good and I just love our moms because they keep us humble.”

“I think a lot of great male comic actors are introspective, quiet personalities, which I really admire. But they are really able to turn it up when the camera's on.”

“I was a sullen kid who smoked cigarettes and wore black every day, and I went to a school that was lacrosse players and Izods.”

“I spend my nights just sitting and reading a book and drinking my tea and walking my dog. That's about as exciting as my life gets.”

Did You Know

Is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is a tofu product (such as the tofu "beef" jerky, in The Station Agent.)

He was George R.R. Martin's first choice to play "Tyrion Lannister" in Game of Thrones.

For his role on Game of Thrones (2011), named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art," in cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).

In his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, Dinklage called attention to the plight of Martin Henderson, a dwarf who was crippled after being attacked by a rugby player outside a bar.

Studies theology.

Delivered the 2012 Commencement Address at his alma mater, Bennington College (Vermont). Dinklage is a 1991 graduate of Bennington College with a degree in drama.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011-Present).
Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent (2003)
Bottom photo with Michelle Williams.
Dinklage in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).